Quain Stott begins quest for Pro Mod championship as 2004 Hooters IHRA Racing Series opens season SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 24, 2004) - The Hooters IHRA Racing Series takes center stage this weekend, when the IHRA Amalie Oil Texas ...
Quain Stott begins quest for Pro Mod championship as 2004 Hooters IHRA Racing Series opens season
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 24, 2004) - The Hooters IHRA Racing Series takes center stage this weekend, when the IHRA Amalie Oil Texas Nationals begins qualifying Friday at San Antonio Raceway in San Antonio, Texas.
Coming off a third place finish in 2003, Pro Mod driver Quain Stott, behind the wheel of the supercharged LeeBoy '63 Corvette, begins his quest for the 2004 Hooters IHRA Racing Series Pro Mod championship. Since he began racing Pro Mod cars in 1994, the Green Creek, N.C., driver has never finished out of the top ten in IHRA points.
For the uninitiated, Pro Mod cars compete with one of two engine combinations: 1.) a large cu. in. engine (usually in the 700 cu. in. range) that are nitrous assisted and 2.) a smaller cu. in. engine (around 500 cu. in. range) that have supercharged assisted engines.
In 2000 and 2001, Quain piloted the dominant nitrous car, finishing 2000 in the No. 2 position and 2001 in third. He was only surpassed by supercharged cars in each of those years. So to use an old adage: "if you can't beat them join them". In 2002, Quain "joined them" and made the switch from driving a car with a nitrous assisted engine to a car with a blown or supercharged engine and has never looked back.
In addition to himself and a second car which he owns, driven by Paul Athey, Quain believes that Mike Janis, Von Smith, Rick Distefano and his younger brother Mitch Stott from the supercharged contingency and Shannon Jenkins from the nitrous group are the cars to watch this season. He also says the return of Scotty Cannon has the attention of all the class.
"I think this will be the toughest year you've ever seen in Pro Mod," said Quain. "Don't forget, you've got Scotty Cannon coming back. He may have started off slow, but Scotty's real aggressive. He doesn't mind the work and he has the money to spend to do it right to be a champion.
"My top three picks, other than Paul (Athey) and me, are my little brother (Mitch Stott), Mike Janis and Von Smith. Scotty is my darkhorse pick."
While most professional drivers have crew chiefs that are responsible for the tuning and set up of the car they driver, Quain is a rarity among his peers in that he drives and tunes both cars he owns and campaigns.
Looking forward to this weekend's event in San Antonio, this will be Quain's second trip to San Antonio Raceway and he wants to better his showing of last year.
"On the first trip to San Antonio we had ignition problems, but qualified decent even with the problems," reflected Quain on last year's event. "In first round, I ran my team car (Paul Athey) and had a clutch malfunction. Well it just broke is the truth of the matter. So it was a short weekend.
"This year, this is our first race. I sure would of liked to have had more testing going into this race, but our schedule didn't allow it. We didn't go to Gainesville because we've been preparing two new cars, a brand new one for me and we've switched Paul's car over to a blown car this year. Another week of testing sure would have helped, so we don't expect to set the world on fire this weekend. We'll have to treat San Antonio as a test session."
Quain's teammate Paul Athey holds the San Antonio track speed record for Pro Mods at 228.89 mph and Mike Janis the elapsed time at 6.119 seconds. Mitch Stott, Quain's little brother as he calls him, is the defending champ.
Qualifying gets underway Pro Mod at 1 and 7 p.m. on Friday and concludes with two more sessions on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Professional eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All times are Central Time.